Clare Walks Ltd. manages both the East Clare Way and the Mid Clare Way.
The East Clare Way follows a 172 km circular route through some of the region’s most spectacular and varied scenery. It can be comfortably walked in 8 days with stage lengths ranging from 20 to 30 km, and is classed as an easy to moderate walk. The way crosses the Slieve Bernagh Mountains before descending to the Clare Lakeland areas around Tulla and Feakle. Circling Lough Graney, the route then climbs over the rugged boglands of the Slieve Aughty Mountain back towards Lough Derg. The Way returns through the hills of Scarriff and on to complete its circuit back at Killaloe.
The Mid Clare Way is a 150 km way-marked walking route, which is classed as an easy walk and should take approximately 6 days. Each section of the walk represents approximately a half day’s walking depending on your fitness level. The route encircles the county town of Ennis and yet, offers surprisingly quiet, scenic walking over remote hills and along peaceful river valleys and shores. Beginning at Newmarket-on-Fergus, the way climbs to the western slopes of the Slieve Aughty range, with wonderful views across Mullaghmore and the Burren. Passing through nature reserves at Dromore Woods and historic Dysert O’Dea, the route then follows the River Fergus valley to its estuary at Ballykally then on to Clarecastle and finally back to Newmarket-on-Fergus.
The beauty of the Mid Clare Way lies within its extraordinary diversity and simple charm.
For the more casual walker there are many well-signposted local loop walks of varying length, centred on each of the towns and villages along the route.
The East Clare Way and the Mid Clare Way link near Tulla, giving the serious walker an opportunity to walk from Killaloe to Connolly, thus taking in the varied scenery, beauty and history that both routes have to offer.